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August 9, 2024
7:30 pm
Venue: Capitol Theatre


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Price: $55; $20 Students (age 3-22); SFMS Member discount with code
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Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music kicks off the Susquehanna Folk Festival with their spectacular Cape Breton fiddling and step-dancing.


The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories. But few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life.

Fiddler and step-dancer Natalie MacMaster could be called one of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia’s most important exports. Longtime Susquehanna Folks might remember her 1997 SFMS concert: her fiddle playing was virtuosic, her step-dancing was brilliant, and her audience was amazed that she could do both at the same time. She has gone from rising star to superstar since she was last on our stage, and we are so pleased to welcome her back!

Donnell Leahy, MacMaster’s husband and musical collaborator, is known as one of the best fiddlers in the world. Like MacMaster, he has been playing and performing for most of his life. His Irish/Cape Breton heritage contributes to the unique sound of his music, which synthesizes traditional influences with more contemporary Celtic/folk sensibilities. The two were married in 2002, and their seven children are following in their parents’ musical footsteps.


The Susquehanna Folk Festival is happening all weekend, August 9-11, and includes lots of FREE programming as well as concerts and dances. See full schedule of events.

COMBO FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE: Day Passes, All Festival Dances, and (for a limited time) All Festival Concerts.

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) presents a full calendar of traditional arts events throughout the year, including concerts, workshops, jam sessions, open mic nights and coffeehouses. For almost 40 years, SFMS has been bringing a wide variety of world-class artists to local audiences. Visit to see upcoming events, including 2024-25 Concerts to be announced this summer.

With admission discounts, a membership to SFMS can easily pay for itself!

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